LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder and weapons count convictions of a man serving life in prison for killing his girlfriend.
Nebraska Supreme Court to hear arguments in Scottsbluff
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in Scottsbluff for the first time.
The state's high court says in a news release that oral arguments in the...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's ruling that found an airman's sentence for attempted child sex assault too lenient.
Nebraska man’s assisted suicide conviction upheld
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Weeping Water man for helping his online girlfriend kill herself in 2017.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Landowners whose property taxes are delinquent will get additional notifications that they need to pay under a new Nebraska state law.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to increase notification requirements for home- and landowners whose property taxes are delinquent.
Nebraska justice’s father pronounced dead at crash scene
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say the father of a Nebraska Supreme Court justice was pronounced dead at the scene of a traffic accident in Lincoln.
Police say 79-year-old Thomas F. Funke was driving his sport utility vehicle west on Nebraska Highway 2 around 9:35 a.m. Thursday when it rammed into the rear of a semitrailer that had halted.
Funke is the father of Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Funke. The elder man lived in Nebraska City.
Nebraska attorney in medical school killings case disbarred
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday disbarred an already-suspended attorney who played a key defense role for a former doctor convicted of killing four people with ties to an Omaha medical school.
Jeremy Jorgenson, 44, violated state law and attorney rules of conduct by continuing to make filings and practice law after his 2017 suspension, the high court found. It said he also failed to inform clients of his suspension or return their money.
Court dismisses Bearheels grand jury transcripts appeal
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of prosecutors who had sought to seal grand jury transcripts in which two former Omaha police officers were indicted in the stun gun death of a mentally ill man.
Nebraska Supreme Court dismisses suit from death-row inmates
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Friday filed by eight death-row inmates who argued that their sentences were invalidated by the Legislature's repeal of capital punishment in 2015, before voters overturned the ban.
Nebraska chief justice: Demand up for problem-solving courts
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Demand is growing for special courts that serve drug offenders, veterans and people with mental illnesses, but Nebraska's top judge says state officials don't have the resources needed to address it.
Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican touted the benefits of so-called problem-solving courts Thursday in his State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers.
Western Nebraska attorney has law license suspended
HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of a Holdrege attorney.
Nebraska law license of Iowa-based attorney suspended
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has suspended the law license of an Omaha attorney whose office is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Frank Robak Sr.'s Nebraska license was suspended for at least a year on Friday after a client complained that Robak refused to refund his $5,000 retainer after inadequate work on a case.
Appeal of man convicted in Omaha officer’s death rejected
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal of a man serving life in prison for the 1995 killing of an Omaha police officer.
Nebraska high court rejects Omaha killer’s latest appeal
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal by a man convicted of killing a University of Nebraska at Omaha student whose body has never been found.
The high court Friday upheld a lower court's denial of Christopher Edwards' second motion for post-conviction relief. The court found that Edwards' appeal saying the lower court should have held an evidentiary hearing on his claim that his attorney was ineffective was filed too late.
Nebraska high court upholds murder conviction of Iowa woman
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of an Iowa woman found guilty of killing another woman she considered a romantic rival.
The high court on Friday rejected Shanna Golyar's arguments that evidence presented at her trial was too thin to sustain a guilty verdict and that her trial lawyer was so deficient that she didn't get a fair trial.
Nebraska candidate backed by Keystone XL opponents concedes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska Public Service Commission candidate who campaigned on her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline has conceded to a Republican state lawmaker who has supported the project.
Democrat Christa Yoakum, of Lincoln, acknowledged her loss Wednesday to Sen. Dan Watermeier, of Syracuse, in a race that focused heavily on the $8 billion project.
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Omaha man in prison for drunken crash to be resentenced
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered that a man imprisoned for drunkenly causing a crash that severely injured his young daughter be resentenced.
The high court on Friday rejected Benjamin Thompson's appeal arguments to suppress evidence and also upheld his 12-to-15 year sentence for a fifth-offense drunken driving conviction.
Nebraska high court orders imprisoned ex-bank CEO disbarred
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has accepted the voluntary surrender of an imprisoned ex-bank executive's law license and ordered him disbarred.
The state's high court said in its ruling Friday that 77-year-old Gilbert Lundstrom's license was already inactive and that he voluntarily surrendered his license in September, noting that he had been convicted in federal court of 12 fraud-related felony counts.
Wyoming man’s Nebraska conviction, sentences in crash upheld
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and 75-year prison sentence of a Wyoming man whom prosecutors say was drunk when he caused a fatal 2013 crash in western Nebraska.
Fifty-year-old Edward Hood, of Sheridan, Wyoming, argued among other things that his refusal to submit to a chemical test after the crash should not have been allowed into evidence at his trial.
Nebraska high court rejects latest appeals by John Lotter
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeals of a death row inmate John Lotter, ruling filed the appeals too late.
Lotter was sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 killings of Brandon Teena, a 21-year-old transgender man, and two witnesses, Lisa Lambert and Philip DeVine, at a farmhouse in Humboldt, about 75 miles south of Omaha. The case inspired the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry," starring Hilary Swank.
18-year-old who shot deputy gets probation in juvenile court
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A young man who shot and wounded a Douglas County deputy has been sentenced to probation and community service.
Douglas County court records say Tyler Pitzl was sentenced Monday in Juvenile Court. The Nebraska Supreme Court had rejected efforts to prosecute him in adult court.
Lincoln attorney sees law license suspended for 2 years
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a Lincoln attorney for two years after finding he violated numerous rules of conduct.
Judge to Nebraska: Keep juvenile sex offenders off registry
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has told Nebraska to keep juvenile sex offenders off the state sex offender registry if they weren't tried as adults — at least for now.
Nebraska’s top court: Voters to decide on expanding Medicaid
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's highest court dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that would have stripped a Medicaid expansion proposal off the November ballot, clearing the way for voters to decide a measure that has been repeatedly rejected by the Republican-dominated Legislature.
The Nebraska Supreme Court's rejection of a GOP-led lawsuit was a victory for advocates who say the measure would help an estimated 90,000 low-income residents get covered under the Affordable Care Act.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's highest court has denied an attorney's request to withdraw from a case involving a death row inmate who isn't fighting the state's efforts to execute him.
The Nebraska Supreme Court issued the ruling Tuesday after defense attorney Jeff Pickens argued that his duty to provide competent legal representation conflicts with his obligation to follow the wishes of his client, Carey Dean Moore.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An attorney for a death row inmate who's set to be executed next week is asking the Nebraska Supreme Court to release him from the case.
Jeff Pickens of the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy argues in a Monday court filing that he has a conflict of interest because his duty to provide competent representation conflicts with his obligation to follow the wishes of his client, Carey Dean Moore.
Nebraska death row inmate’s latest appeal rejected
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal of a Texas man on Nebraska's death row for killing two Grand Island men in 2007.
Marco Torres Jr., formerly of Pasadena, Texas, had sought post-conviction relief after being sentenced to death for two counts of first-degree murder and other counts in the robbery and shooting deaths of 48-year-old Timothy Donohue and 60-year-old Edward Hall.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials have scheduled a morning execution next month for their longest-serving death-row inmate as they prepare to carry out the state's first-ever lethal injection with a never-before-used combination of drugs.
Carey Dean Moore's execution is expected to take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, the Department of Correctional Services announced Friday in a news release.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of a proposed oil pipeline through Nebraska has won its bid to speed up the legal battle over its route through the state.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court set an execution date Thursday for the state's longest-serving inmate, a crucial step needed to carry out Nebraska's first execution in 21 years.
The court issued a death warrant for Carey Dean Moore, who has spent nearly four decades on death row for the 1979 shootings deaths of two Omaha cab drivers. Justices set the execution date for Aug. 14 at midnight, a few weeks before the state's supply of a key lethal injection drug is set to expire.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a Lincoln man's first-degree murder and other convictions and his life sentence for the 2016 shooting death of another man.
Lincoln judge named to Nebraska Supreme Court
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lancaster County judge will fill a vacancy on the Nebraska Supreme Court.
The governor's office Monday announced the selection of 48-year-old John Freudenberg. Freudenberg is replacing Justice John Wright, who died in March. He'd served 24 years on the court.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has suspended for three years the law license of a Wahoo lawyer who was convicted of filing a false federal tax return.
The state's high court said Friday that 63-year-old Kent Trembly admitted the felony conviction and noted that a referee recommended Trembly be suspended for 18 months. But the high court said that after its review of the case, it concluded a three-year suspension was proper.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker is asking the Nebraska Supreme Court not to grant an execution warrant for the state's longest-serving death-row inmate.
Sen. Ernie Chambers contends the Nebraska attorney general's request isn't legally valid because it was filed while inmate Carey Dean Moore had a pending application for clemency. Chambers, of Omaha, made the argument in a letter delivered Monday to Chief Justice Michael Heavican.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the new lighter sentence of a 45-year-old man who was 14 when he killed his 12-year-old sister in 1987.
Sydney Thieszen had been sentenced to life in prison without parole for bludgeoning and shooting his adopted 12-year-old sister in their Henderson-area home. Prosecutors said Thieszen killed his sister because he was afraid she would tell police he was running away from home.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court routinely weighs in on custody cases — but not very often on battles over who gets the dog.
On Friday, the state's high court upheld a decision to grant custody of a French bulldog named "Princess Pot Roast" to an Omaha man locked out of a home he had shared with his boyfriend for five years.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature's staunchest opponent of the death penalty is furious that the state attorney general is asking that the state's first execution in decades occur on the senator's birthday.
Omaha attorney disbarred over ethical violations
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha attorney who voluntarily surrendered his Nebraska law license has been disbarred.
The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday disbarred Rodney Halstead after accepting the surrender of his license.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court says the case of a boy who shot at Douglas County deputies will remain in juvenile court.
Tyler Pitzl was initially charged as an adult with five felonies, including attempted murder, after the Sept. 3 incident. He is now 18 but was 17 at the time police say he shot at two deputies at his parent's home. One deputy was shot in the hand and forearm.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha attorney Jonathan Papik was sworn in to the Nebraska Supreme Court on Monday by U.S. Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Papik served as Gorsuch's law clerk, and the judge said Papik has a natural judicial temperament.
"Where character is concerned, Jonathan Papik arrived in my chambers fully formed," Gorsuch said, describing his former clerk as a hard-worker who was "precise in his reasons, confident, but never brash."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials who investigate allegations of attorney misconduct have declined to pursue a grievance filed by Sen. Ernie Chambers against a former Nebraska Supreme Court justice.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man seeking to be released from prison.
Shawn McGuire was convicted of second-degree murder and other counts in a 2010 shooting at a south Omaha auto shop and was sentenced to 105 to 125 years in prison. Prosecutors say McGuire was the getaway driver in the slaying of 36-year-old Cesar Sanchez-Gonzalez, who was a government drug informant.
Former Panhandle attorney and Harrison attorney among 6 applying to be on Nebraska Supreme Court
LINCOLN — A Douglas County District Court judge is among six applicants to replace Judge John Wright on the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Wright, the senior member of the court, died in March after a long fight with cancer. He served 24 years on the Supreme Court.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a 62-year-old man who killed another man during an argument outside an Omaha apartment.
James Cotton is serving a life sentence for the August 2015 shooting death of 24-year-old Trevor Bare. In his appeal, Cotton argued, among other things, that his trial court wrongly allowed evidence obtained in a search that went beyond the scope of the warrant. He also argued that his trial attorney was ineffective.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday rejected the latest appeal from a man who pleaded guilty to killing his 4-year-old son but now says a discredited crime scene investigator planted evidence to frame him.
The court ruled that a Cass County judge was right to dismiss 40-year-old Ivan Henk's post-conviction motion last year.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — The deadline for those interested in filling a vacant Nebraska Supreme Court seat to apply is April 19.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public hearing in the Lincoln County Courthouse in North Platte on May 10 to receive information on candidates to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice John F. Wright. Wright died March 11 after a long, undisclosed illness.
Deadline may have doomed one appeal option for Nebraska death-row inmates
The clock may have run out on one avenue pursued by defense attorneys on behalf of inmates on Nebraska's death row.
Death penalty opponents argue a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision in a Florida case — which said jurors must make every finding necessary in order for someone to be sentenced to death — puts the constitutionality of Nebraska's sentencing procedures in doubt.
LINCOLN — The process to fill a Nebraska Supreme Court vacancy representing the judicial district that encompasses the Panhandle will begin.
According to a press release from Supreme Court Justice William B. Cassel, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Nebraska Supreme Court of the 6th Judicial District will hold a public hearing in District Courtroom No. 1, 3rd Floor, Lincoln County Courthouse, 301 N. Jeffers, North Platte, Nebraska, beginning at 10 a.m. (CT) on Thursday, May 10.